Cannabis Gives Thanks: The Philanthropic Endeavors of the Industry

Cannabis Gives Thanks: The Philanthropic Endeavors of the Industry

If you read any news about cannabis, I surely have seen how much money can be earned in the industry. It’s not millions but billions. BILLIONS. So where is all the money going? Is it just lining the pockets of the people who are selling cannabis hand over fist? 

Fortunately that’s not necessarily the case. Some companies are have been finding ways to contribute to the greater good. Cannabis companies have been finding philanthropic endeavors even though there is hesitancy to accept marijuana-related donation. Their altruistic efforts are worth cheering on especially since they aren’t even business expenses that can be written off. These giving companies are truly donating from the heart. Let’s celebrate some of them…

BERKELEY PATIENTS GROUP

The Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) is know to be the longest continuously operating dispensary in California. They have been in operation since 1999. In efforts to support their community, they incorporate giving back into the focus of their organization. Part of their mission is to provide free medicine and ancillary wellness to low-income patients with their “Helping Hands” program. BPG also offers discounts to Veterans and seniors.

BPG hasn’t limited their efforts to their patients but has been giving back to the cannabis community and more. They also contribute to the Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Berkeley Food & Housing Project, To Celebrate- Breast Cancer Foundation, Center for Early Intervention on Deafness, Berkeley Youth Alternatives, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Transgender Law Center, Lighthouse Charter School- Robotics Team, Berkeley Waterside Workshop, Brown Boi Project, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Toys for Tots- Berkeley Police, Parents 4 Pot- Holiday Toy Drive, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Marijuana Policy Project, Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Majority, Cinnamongirl, Inc., and the Veterans Cannabis Coalition. 

So much goodness from just one dispensary! Such awesome work by the folks at BPG!

COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY & O.PEN VAPE

The Levitt Pavilion in Denver, Colorado’s Ruby Hill Park is a locally funded and operated venue.  Every year the Levitt Pavilion presents 50 free concerts.  The website for the pavilion denotes that the “…events are made possible by the generous support of sponsors and donors…” After going through several steps to gain approval by both the city and the non-profit board, The Harvest Company and O.pen Vape finally found a place to donate their money. Tim Cullen, CEO of Colorado Harvest and shareholder in O.pen Vape, has been quoted saying he has “been shocked at how few places will take our money.” The two companies contributed $250,000 to the construction of Levitt Pavilion. I you’re in the area, BYO and pack blanket and check out a show soon!

BLOOM DISPENSARY

The Bloom Dispensary with locations in Phoenix, Sedona and Tucson, Arizona treats charitable donations as an integral part of their operation. They include philanthropy in their “Bloom Gives Back” program. They are involved in local neighborhood associations, volunteer at charity events and local food banks, and contribute to the Phoenix Adopt-A-Street program. This includes the BBQ and Beer Festival, Phoenix CHildren’s Hospital and Diamond Children’s Hospital toy drives, Holiday Melas with the Phoenix Rescue Mission, and more. The Bloom Dispensaries welcomes volunteer involvement as well. If you’re interested email your name and phone number to volunteer@bloomdispensaries.com

THE GATHERING PLACE

While some nonprofits turn pot profits away, The Gathering Place in Denver, Colorado welcomes donation from cannabis companies. The Gathering Place is a daytime drop-in center serving women, children and transgender individuals experiencing poverty and/or homelessness. Many nonprofits often turn away contribution from cannabis companies for fear of losing federal grant money, The Gathering Place is privately funded.

“Because we’re privately funded, we’re really not worried about that at all,” said Leslie Foster, President of The Gathering Place. She said last year her organization received $30,000 from cannabis companies. She believes donation like that will help women like Ashley Stewart, a mother of four, who just got her GED to attend college.

YOU CAN GIVE BACK, TOO

Yes you can. As we approach the season of giving, it’s important to know there are plenty of ways to give back. If you don’t have money, you can give your time. 

For cannabis industry efforts, there are organizations like DoingGood.Foundation and CannaMakeADifference.org dedicated to make philanthropy easy. They will surely help your organization find ways to give back.

For individuals, consider this. If you’ve ever been interested in starting a nonprofit, there are lots of cannabis companies that could provide you private funding.

The monies being made by the cannabis industry can do so much good. While federal laws aren’t just providing roadblocks to banking, transportation, and more, there are work arounds for all of it including philanthropy.

 

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. I think I saw this on the Profit, but apparently, people in the biz do a lot for the local schools and drop off bags of cash to different charities, etc.

    1. What is the Profit? Glad to hear thebotger ways you’ve heard they’re giving back.

  2. I can see there being a lot of benefits from this growing industry. Glad to see many involved are giving to charitable organizations.

  3. I like your new site Laura! Isn’t it amazing that with all of the need in our country an industry with such huge profit margins has trouble finding charitable causes that will take their money? SMH!

    1. It think it’s SO sad!!!
      And thanks! So glad you like it!!!

  4. I agree there is many benefits of cannabis when used to help a person with different health issues. I don’t appreciate having to smell it in my home from neighbors…it makes my stomach turn. 🙁 When people do things for the right reason and to give back, I’ll support it 100%.

  5. This post is great. There are so many benefits of cannabis that people don’t realize. My mom who had cancer (she has unfortunately passed) often used just a little of it to help her relax.

    1. Thank you for your comment Katie. I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. If only medical cannabis science had been full embraced but I’m glad she got to enjoy it a bit. Take good care!

  6. That is great to hear about the philanthropic causes that the industry is donating to

  7. So many healing benefits of this herb! I think in time it will be accepted for these benefits .

  8. Silly that people have a hard time accepting money from these companies. Hopefully someday it will be legal everywhere and not such a stigma.

  9. This surprises me in no way! There is so much unnecessary stigma to this industry that news like this just gets so buried. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I think there’s a lot to this. Nice post!

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